Paris is burning

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Livingston, Jennie, film director,
Swimar, Barry, film producer.
Gibson, Paul (Cinematographer), director of photography.
Oppenheim, Jonathan, editor of moving image work.
Corey, Dorian, 1937-1993, performer.
[New York, New York] : The Criterion Collection, [2020].


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[New York, New York] : The Criterion Collection, [2020].
Physical Desc
2 videodiscs (76 min.) : DVD video, sound, color ; 4 3/4 in. + 1 booklet (36 pages : color illustrations ; 19 cm)


General Note
Title and credits from screen.
General Note
Originally released as a motion picture in 1990.
General Note
2K digital restoration supervised by director Jennie Livingston.
General Note
Features: New 2K digital restoration, supervised by director Jennie Livingston, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack; New conversation between Livingston, ball community members Sol Pendavis and Freddie Pendavis, and filmmaker Thomas Allen Harris; Over an hour of never-before-seen outtakes; Audio commentary from 2005, featuring Livingston, ball community members Freddie Pendavis and Will Ninja, and film editor Jonathan Oppenheim; Episode of The Joan Rivers Show from 1991, featuring Livingston and ball community members Dorian Corey, Pepper LaBeija, Freddie Pendavis, and Ninja; Trailer; An essay by filmmaker Michelle Parkerson and a 1991 review by poet Essex Hemphill.
Creation/Production Credits
Director of photoraphy, Paul Gibson ; editor, Jonathan Oppenheim ; co-producer, Barry Swimar ; executive producers, Nigel Finch, Davis Lacy.
Featuring Dorian Corey, Pepper Labeija, Venus Xtravaganza, Octavia Saint Laurent, Willi Ninja, Kim Pendavis, Freddie Pendavis, Andre Christian, Paris Dupree.
"Where does voguing come from, and what, exactly, is throwing shade? This landmark documentary provides a vibrant snapshot of the 1980s through the eyes of New York City's African American and Latinx Harlem drag-ball scene. Made over seven years, it offers an intimate portrait of rival fashion 'houses,' from fierce contests for trophies to house mothers offering sustenance in a world rampant with homophobia, transphobia, racism, AIDS, and poverty. Featuring legendary voguers, drag queens, and trans women--including Willi Ninja, Pepper LaBeija, Dorian Corey, and Venus Xtravaganza--Paris is Burning brings it, celebrating the joy of movement, the force of eloquence, and the draw of community"--Container.
Target Audience
MPAA rating: R; for language and sexuality.
System Details
DVD, NTSC, region 1; full frame (1.33:1 aspect ratio); Dolby monaural audio.
English dialogue.

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APA Citation, 7th Edition (style guide)

Livingston, J., Swimar, B., Gibson, P. (., Oppenheim, J., Corey, D., LaBeija, P., Xtravaganza, V., Saint Laurent, O., Ninja, W., Pendavis, K., Pendavis, F., Christian, A., & Dupree, P. (2020). Paris is burning (Director-approved two-DVD special edition.). The Criterion Collection.

Chicago / Turabian - Author Date Citation, 17th Edition (style guide)

Jennie, Livingston et al.. 2020. Paris Is Burning. The Criterion Collection.

Chicago / Turabian - Humanities (Notes and Bibliography) Citation, 17th Edition (style guide)

Jennie, Livingston et al.. Paris Is Burning The Criterion Collection, 2020.

MLA Citation, 9th Edition (style guide)

Livingston, Jennie,, et al. Paris Is Burning Director-approved two-DVD special edition., The Criterion Collection, 2020.

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